To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to change services available in each of the four hospitals comprising Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust. 
[holding answer 16 June 2003]: There are plans to redevelop the services provided by Sherwood Forest Hospitals National Health Service Trust through the modernisation of acute services (MAS) project.The MAS project incorporates a complete remodelling of the way in which acute healthcare services are provided across central Nottinghamshire, with the population of central Nottinghamshire benefiting from a truly modern and dependable acute healthcare service.
The plans for redevelopment of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust are currently at outline business case stage (OBC), following the approval of the first document—the strategic outline case (SOC), by the Secretary of State for Health in February 2001.
The SOC was approved on the basis that the MAS scheme is procured through the Government's Private Finance Initiative (PFI).
Details of the MAS outline business case for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust can be accessed from the board meetings section on Trent Strategic Health Authority's website at www.trent-sha.nhs.uk/ board meetings/16 4 03/